Stirring Photographs Document The Many Women Imprisoned In Afghanistan

April 3, 2015 1:24 PM

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Stirring Photographs Document The Many Women Imprisoned In Afghanistan

Most women incarcerated in Afghanistan have been convicted of so-called "moral crimes." Examples of such indiscretions include sex out of wedlock and running away from forced marriages, prostitution, domestic slavery, physical violence generally conducted by their husbands, and rape or involuntary pregnancy. Most often, the assailants involved continue life without facing any consequences.

In 2010, Polish-Canadian photographer Gabriela Maj visited one of the various women's prisons in Afghanistan and was overwhelmed by the inmates' desires to share their stories, sometimes for the first time. This visit turned into a five-year photography project, capturing portraits of the remarkable...

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